Welcome to the DC team, Megan Hale!

Dear UR,

It is our distinct pleasure to bring Megan Hale to the role of Development Coordinator (DC) reporting to Angie Dennig, effective October 18, 2021. Megan’s professional background includes multiple customer service roles in the healthcare industry. Most recently, she worked as a sales consultant for Rodan and Fields. Megan hails from Boston, Massachusetts and has lived in Granger for the past nine years. She is the proud mother of three children: Jack (11), Brady (9), and Savannah (6). Megan volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and loves the outdoors. Megan is looking forward to meeting many new colleagues at the upcoming USC Development tailgate, so please stop and say hello!


Angie and Lori

Welcome Prospect Research Team additions: Christina and Megan

I’m excited to announce recent growth in our Prospect Research team!

Megan Andedo is joining the team as a Research Analyst. She moves from her role as the Gift and Data Management Analyst, on October 18th.

This move is the perfect next step for Megan! Over the past year, she has assisted our team in identifying leadership prospects from the DTR and completed some wealth evaluations. Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2019, Megan worked in Development at St. Mary’s College. She also spent nine years with Target as a logistics team member. Megan graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelor degree in General Studies and she is currently working towards a Masters in Liberal Studies.

Megan has two sons who keep her super busy. Ezra is 7 and Eli is 4 years old. She enjoys writing and a fun fact about Megan is that she has submitted works to Michiana Monologues and even performed other writer’s stories. We’re excited to have an accomplished writer such as this join our team!

Christina Ryan joined the team as a Research Analyst on August 16th and was immediately immersed in Development during her first week at Summit. Fundraisers are now beginning to receive wealth evaluations from her – she’s spent time with Ben to learn from the best!

Christina previously worked in the Notre Dame Department of History. She left Higher Ed to experience life in the corporate world and comes to us most recently from Great Lakes Forest Products in Elkhart IN, where she was an Inside Sales Coordinator and Graphic Designer. Christina graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Photography. She received her Masters of Arts in History from DePaul University, Chicago.

When Christina is not at work or home, she is mostly likely at the “best gym in the Midwest” – East Race Muscle. Christina is a competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder. We look forward to Christina contributing to getting our Research work and the entire team in shape!

Please join me in welcoming Christina and Megan!


New Role for Josh Flynt

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to share that our colleague and friend Josh Flynt will begin a new role as regional director of development, beginning on November 1. Since 2018, Josh has served on the Alumni Association marketing and communications team, connecting the Notre Dame family back to the University and helping to lead new initiatives like the Domer Dozen and numerous important communications to our alumni, parents, and friends.

Prior to joining the NDAA, Josh worked for three years as the advisor to the vice president for university relations. He joined our UR team after several years in Notre Dame athletics following his graduation from Notre Dame in 2011. Josh will work with families in upstate and western New York, close to where he called home growing up.

Please join us in congratulating Josh on this new chapter, and thanking him for his work as a UR colleague over these past six years.

All the best,
Dolly and Sara

Congratulations, Ashley Van Avermaete – new CCPC Associate Director

It is my pleasure to welcome Ashley Van Avermaete to the Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle team as Associate Director. Among many responsibilities, Ashley will provide oversight and enhancement to our data management processes including membership tracking and analysis.

Ashley has been a dedicated member of the development coordinator’s team since 2019. In that time, she led the charge to improve our process documentation, helping to create a “DC Toolkit” that is widely used by all team members. Ashley shared her tech skills freely, creating Spark cards for every occasion but also teaching those skills to the rest of us. She has a zest for process improvement and we’ve been extremely fortunate to have benefited from her keen eye. Many thanks, Ashley!

We know her previous experience, technical skills, and innovative nature will serve her well as she begins this new role. Her first day will be Monday, October 18th. Please join us in congratulating Ashley!

Mary Jane Añón and Deena Chamberlin

Welcome Sr. Office Coordinator, Dawn Smith!

It is my pleasure to welcome Dawn Smith to the Advancement Services team as the Sr. Coordinator for the Eddy Street Office. Dawn’s first day will be October 11th, and she will be overseeing the Eddy Street front desk area.

Dawn is joining us from St. Michael’s Laundry where she has spent the last 12 years as the Lead for Customer Service. Prior to joining St.Michael’s, she served as the Office Manager for Planet Automotive Group. While at Notre Dame, Dawn participated in the Ivy Tech program earning her degree in Applied Science.

Dawn will be the welcoming face and voice for anyone stopping by or calling and will be assisting with handling operational issues within the suite. She brings a great customer service focus to the front desk of our Eddy Street office and has tremendous institutional knowledge having built strong working relationships with both the administrative and facilities areas at the University.

Please join me in welcoming Dawn to the UR team. Be sure to stop by the front desk to introduce yourself or just to say hi!

Lana Taylor

Welcome to the Notre Dame Clubs Program Team, Annie Ortega-Shyne!

The Clubs Team has welcomed a new Clubs Program Manager – Annie Ortega-Shyne. Annie joins our team after serving as a Program Assistant with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame and has been a seasoned educator for over 16 years. Annie also spent over eight years volunteering with the U.S. Naval Academy serving as an admissions officer and as co-president/executive board member with the USNA South Florida Parents Club. Annie received her B.A. and MBA from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts from Knox Theological Seminary.

In her role, Annie will provide support for Notre Dame clubs in six regions: Central, Florida, Illinois, Midwest, Ohio Valley, and Southwest. In this capacity, she will onboard club leaders, provide support, and share ideas and resources with clubs. She will also be responsible for UND Celebrations and ND Day club assistance and resources.

Please join me in welcoming Annie to the UR team.

– Abbey Johnson

Welcome to the Illinois Team, Courtney Mattison!

I am very excited to announce that Courtney Mattison will join the Illinois Team as a Regional Director on October 11.

Courtney brings extensive experience in fundraising, with a focus on donor relations. Courtney served as Senior Manager for Development and Events for Paqui and Coach Brian Kelly’s charitable foundation Kelly Cares, as well as Director of Marketing for the College Football Hall of Fame. Most recently, she served as the Director of Annual Giving and Constituent Relations for Saint Joseph High School. Her experience with these and other institutions of Catholic education have prepared her for Notre Dame and make her eager and grateful to serve the mission of Our Lady’s University.

Courtney, originally from the Washington, D.C. area, began her career on Capitol Hill after graduating from Stephens College with a B.S. in American Public Policy. She and her husband Bill, a professor in the Department of Theology and Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at Notre Dame, have two boys, Billy and Jack.

In Notre Dame,

Jerry Barca

Congratulations and welcome to the Southwest Team, Leah Corachea!

I am excited to announce that Leah Corachea has joined the Southwest team as regional director, working with benefactors in the Los Angeles area.

As many of you know, Leah has been a part of the ND development family for 7 years. She most recently served as the Associate Director, Leadership Annual Giving where she worked to raise incremental annual unrestricted funds for our giving societies program and in FY21, Leah raised $440,000 in incremental unrestricted funds for the University. Before that role, she ran our ND Listens and Parents programs for 3 years where she set records and reinvented our student-caller program.

Leah, a double Domer, received her BA in Sociology in 2014 and her Master in Non-profit Administration in 2020. While an undergrad student, she was on the Women’s Rowing team, winning two Big East championships in 2011 and 2012.

Leah has been “a part” of the SouthBEST team, acting as our team’s liaison to the Annual Giving team for the past year. I am thankful to have her officially on the team and look forward to seeing her succeed in this role. Please join me in congratulating Leah!

Best, Shelby

Welcome Sara Aycock and Wayne Harpenau to the IT&S Team!

The Information Technology and Services team is excited to announce two new members.

Sara Aycock joined the data integration team as Systems Integration Professional on September 20th. She will start with a focus on the Ascend project with gift integration. Sara is a 2011 Saint Mary’s graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems.

Sara is joining us from the OIT Employee/Finance team, having been with Notre Dame for 10 years. She already has experience with the tools our group uses and all of us on the IT&S team are excited she has chosen to join us.

Wayne Harpenau joined the data integration team as Systems Integration Professional on September 27th. Wayne will also start with a focus on the Ascend project helping us migrate our data from CrmND to Ascend.

Wayne graduated from Iowa State University and has continued his education in Business Intelligence with Villanova University.

Wayne joins us from Trinity Health Catholic Hospitals. Previous to that, he worked for Western Michigan University and Sony, doing all forms of data integration work bringing our team many years of experience. We are grateful Wayne will be sharing his extensive experience with our team and looking forward to how that will help us all grow.

Thank you for welcoming Sara and Wayne and I ask that you help support them to have a fulfilling and successful time with us in University Relations.

Andrew Yocum

Welcome to the Storytelling & Engagement Team, Kilian Vidourek!

I am pleased to announce that Kilian Vidourek has joined the Storytelling & Engagement Team as Visual Storyteller, effective Sept. 13.

Kilian is from Tyrone, Georgia, a small town south of Atlanta. He studied French horn performance and Film production at Notre Dame where he played in almost any musical group he could. A proud member of the Marching Band, he was also a member of the Irish Guard. Throughout his time at Notre Dame he had several unimaginable opportunities like traveling to Portland Oregon to film a documentary, learning to be an assistant brewer for a new brewery, and interning in Los Angeles. Some fun facts about him include his alter-ego Dogsnake which you can sometimes find DJing around South Bend and his love of running.

Please join me in welcoming Kilian to our UR Team!

Jim Gosz